Thursday, September 24, 2009

Old Reliable

For the past few weeks I have been looking at cars. First I thought I would buy a good used car. I sort of liked this one.

It is a 2006 Nissan Maxima and seemed to have all the bells and whistles.

I liked the interior a lot. When I drove it, it had a really smooth ride. That's important when you are older and have a bad back!

It had a sleek design I liked. Well, I thought I liked. I was most interested in how it felt when I drove it. I also wanted it to have some power.

But it was sold before I could get too serious about it. Someone else must have liked it, too.

Then I looked at new cars. The new Toyota Camry was nice.

It even had a fancy navigation unit in it. I was told by the 20 something salesman that "all" cars have that now -- "don't you know?" Um, no, I didn't know that. I thought it was an option.

Since I drive about 100 miles every day to and from work, I checked out the car everyone seems to love - the Toyota Prius. It is very nice. It also reminds me of a wedge of cheese.

Here's the same car in red. I kept thinking I should have a bottle of wine to go with the cheese slice. Yes, yes.... it gets something like 1,400 miles per gallon. Well, okay, more like 65 mpg. That would be nice. But I could not shake the cheese thing.

The young salesman looked at my car and told me if I bought a new car, I could give my college age daughter my car since "it still has a good 3 or 4 years left in it. Easy. Nice car. Those old Maximas are, well, old reliables! Built like a tank. Good old car!"

I looked at my car again. Hmmm....

If I washed it up. Waxed it. Got some new tires.

I decided to just keep it. Maybe that kid was a better salesman than I thought!

Bailey and I appreciate you stopping by. Take care.


Hilary said...

Smart move.. on your part not his. ;) The cheese thing made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

We have a '99 Toyota and a '02 Nissan. We paid for both years ago and they just keep going and going and going.... why mess with a good thing. As long as you keep it serviced and good tires on it they seem to run forever. Keep your money in your pocket as long as possible.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Anonymous said...

Good decision! Your Maxima looks great.

I drive an old car with a gazillion miles on it. It's a very reliable '99 Corolla.

Small City Scenes said...

Yep--consensus is--keep your car. It looks good and must be reliable so just 'do it'.

I'd like to get another mostly because I have never liked my car--but--it dowes get good gas mileage and it's not bad looking and I can get tons of stuff in it--bottom line--I will keep it. MB

Jo said...

You're older and you have a bad back?

Cars all look the same to me. If you were to tell me your car is a 2009 model, I would have believed you. It looks perfectly okay to me. It has all the bells and whistles -- four wheels, four doors, a steering wheel, an engine, a trunk, six windows and some seats. It has a radio and a tape deck? What else does it need?

Leslie: said...

I think you made a wise decision - I've made the same one and am keeping my 2000 Buick Regal until it dies! It's SO comfy for my poor old aching back - yes it still aches even after the surgery, but at least it's not "painful" anymore! I like your car - looks quite smart, actually. ;)

Avril Fleur said...

When and if you do decide to buy, I thank you, as a former auto-worker, for looking at a North American made car and keeping your friends and neighbours in good jobs, so that they can continue to contribute to the economy! :)

The 2009 Nissan Maxima is produced at Nissan's Smyrna, Tennesee manufacturing facility!